In this episode, we discuss advocating for our children and finding and utilizing resources. Tosha Rollins’ oldest sons were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ADHD when they were in middle school. Her oldest son was initially misdiagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, due to misinformation on the part of the doctors about ASD. In order to advocate for her sons in school, Tosha had to educate herself about the accommodations that were available to her children in school. She obtained assistance with the IEP process through the South Carolina Autism Society. One of her son’s had undiagnosed auditory processing disorder, and school became too overwhelming to him in high school.
Therefore, Tosha allowed him to do homeschooling, and her son excelled in school. Vocational rehabilitation also helped her sons both in school and out of schools to work on vocational goals and transition into adulthood. She and her children also worked with South Carolina’s Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). She used the community waiver, which allowed her in-home respite care. These providers take her children to doctor’s appointments, counseling, shopping, equestrian sessions, spend time with her sons in the community, and assist with social skills. The DDSN also provided her family with a case manager.
Currently, she struggles to find independent living options for her children, as options are few and far between and resources are incredibly limited. In order to be successful in advocating for her children, she had to make sure she engaged in self-care and made herself a priority. She found it crucial to ask for help when she needs it. She initially had difficulty finding resources, and wouldn’t have found any had it not been for her son’s guidance counselor.
Tosha Rollins, LPCA
Autism In Action Podcast
South Carolina Autism Society
Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
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